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Kill Crocs Humanely And Rename The Birkin, Jane Birkin Tells Hermès 29.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Would the slow, bloody death of an alligator put you off the most desirable bag in the world? If you're Jane Birkin, the answer is yes.  The actress and muse has requested that luxury fashion house Hermès rename its iconic crocodile Birkin bag after she read PETA's report of cruel slaughtering practices.   The report alleges that the alligators and crocodiles whose skins go into the bags live out their short lives in inhumane conditions. PETA claims the scaly beasts wriggle in agony for hours after their attempted slaughter. Birkin doesn't want such practices associated with her name.  "Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Hermes handbags carrying my name ... I have asked Hermes to debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place,"  Birkin said in a statement.  It's quite a change of heart for the woman who inspired the most famous bag in the world.  Birkin inspired the bag's design  during ...
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Oh, the Places You'll (Never) Go! 28.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Animals played starring roles in most of Dr. Seuss' works, so it's a treat for many people to see another book featuring animals, What Pet Should I Get?, published decades after his death. The publishers honored the kind author by including a PETA-requested addendum urging families who are considering welcoming animals into their homes and hearts to adopt, not shop, for them. But there is more to be said. Every dog or cat bred by a breeder or sold at a pet store means that another animal waiting in a shelter is doomed. As one of the demo signs outside a pet breeders' conference read, "If you buy, a pound puppy will die." Millions of healthy, social dogs and cats are euthanized every year simply because they have nowhere to go. By going to a shelter to adopt, you're saving a life. When Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss was his pen name) wrote in the 1950s, it was impossible to foresee the enormous animal overpopulation and homelessness crisis to come. Back then, not very many people knew of the problems ...
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Beyond PETA : SeaWorld Spy Also Attended 2014 Orca Conference 23.7.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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PETA: SeaWorld Employee Infiltrated Animal Rights Group, Called for Grabbing "Pitchforks & Torches" 15.7.2015 Democracy Now!
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused the popular animal theme park SeaWorld of infiltrating its organization by sending an employee on an undercover mission posing as an animal rights activist. According to PETA, the SeaWorld employee took part in numerous PETA protests against SeaWorld, including one at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena when he was arrested along with other activists. One photo posted on Twitter showed him inside a police van along with other arrested activists. PETA activists knew the man as Thomas Jones, but his real name was Paul McComb. Unlike the other activists arrested that day, he was released without charge. His name never appeared on an arrest sheet. According to PETA, McComb also repeatedly used social media in an effort to incite other activists, stating that it's time to "grab pitchforks and torches" and time to "burn [SeaWorld] to the ground." We speak to Matthew Strugar, director of litigation for the PETA Foundation; PETA volunteer Hal Weiss; and ...
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PETA: SeaWorld Employee Infiltrated Animal Rights Group, Called for Grabbing "Pitchforks & Torches" 15.7.2015 Democracy Now!
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused the popular animal theme park SeaWorld of infiltrating its organization by sending an employee on an undercover mission posing as an animal rights activist. According to PETA, the SeaWorld employee took part in numerous PETA protests against SeaWorld, including one at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena when he was arrested along with other activists. One photo posted on Twitter showed him inside a police van along with other arrested activists. PETA activists knew the man as Thomas Jones, but his real name was Paul McComb. Unlike the other activists arrested that day, he was released without charge. His name never appeared on an arrest sheet. According to PETA, McComb also repeatedly used social media in an effort to incite other activists, stating that it's time to "grab pitchforks and torches" and time to "burn [SeaWorld] to the ground." We speak to Matthew Strugar, director of litigation for the PETA Foundation; PETA volunteer Hal Weiss; and ...
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Busted: SeaWorld's Corporate Espionage Against Animal Rights Movement 15.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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PETA: SeaWorld Employee Infiltrated Animal Rights Group 15.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused the popular animal theme park SeaWorld of infiltrating its organization by sending an employee on an undercover mission posing as an animal rights activist. According to PETA, the SeaWorld employee took part in numerous PETA protests against SeaWorld, including one at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena when he was arrested along with other activists. One photo posted on Twitter showed him inside a police van along with other arrested activists. PETA activists knew the man as Thomas Jones, but his real name was Paul McComb. Unlike the other activists arrested that day, he was released without charge. His name never appeared on an arrest sheet. According to PETA, McComb also repeatedly used social media in an effort to incite other activists, stating that it's time to "grab pitchforks and torches" and time to burn SeaWorld to the ground. We speak to Matthew Strugar, director of litigation for the PETA Foundation; PETA volunteer Hal Weiss; and Will ...
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PETA: SeaWorld Employee Infiltrated Animal Rights Group, Called for Grabbing "Pitchforks & Torches" 15.7.2015 Democracy Now!
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has accused the popular animal theme park SeaWorld of infiltrating its organization by sending an employee on an undercover mission posing as an animal rights activist. According to PETA, the SeaWorld employee took part in numerous PETA protests against SeaWorld, including one at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena when he was arrested along with other activists. One photo posted on Twitter showed him inside a police van along with other arrested activists. PETA activists knew the man as Thomas Jones, but his real name was Paul McComb. Unlike the other activists arrested that day, he was released without charge. His name never appeared on an arrest sheet. According to PETA, McComb also repeatedly used social media in an effort to incite other activists, stating that it's time to "grab pitchforks and torches" and time to burn SeaWorld to the ground. We speak to Matthew Strugar, director of litigation for the PETA Foundation; PETA volunteer Hal Weiss; and Will ...
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Radical Time Capsule: After 14 Years, FBI Returns Computers to Buffalo Bookstore Owner 14.7.2015 Truthout.com
A long time ago I gifted a worn and rather worthless car to a friend. Though he intended to nurse my old hooptie back to life, he wound up abandoning it. Years later I stumbled upon the car, embalmed in bird droppings and wrapped in vines, tucked away in another friend's backyard. Finding it was like finding a time capsule, ripe with artifacts from my prior life, reemerging like a ghost after two decades.  My reunion with my old car offers, at best, a poor analogy for what Buffalo bookstore owner Leslie James Pickering must be experiencing right now. But luckily for me, it's the best one I can come up with. When I try to empathize with Pickering, this is all I have to work with.  Pickering just received a shipment from his prior life, by way of the FBI. A decade and a half ago, Pickering lived in Portland, Oregon. He, along with his friend, Craig Rosebraugh, operated from their house what can best be described as a not-for-profit public relations agency. Their outfit operated much like many large ...
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People Aren't The Only Ones Getting Hurt At The Running Of The Bulls 10.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Since the daily running of the bulls at Spain’s weeklong San Fermin festival kicked off Tuesday , new articles about injuries from the dramatic event have popped up every day. Most articles, though, neglect to mention one group disproportionately injured and killed at the event: the bulls. (Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images) So far this year, 16 people have been hospitalized due to injuries related to the daily bull runs, ABC News reports . Human deaths at the event are rare -- only 15 people have died as a result of the Pamplona bull run since 1924, when official record-keeping first began, according to The Associated Press . Since hundreds of thousands of people have participated in the runs -- 20,500 people ran in 2011 alone -- this is a tiny fraction of the participants. The portion of bulls killed at the event? One hundred percent. Much media coverage of the event neglects to mention the bulls’ final destination: the bullfighting ring. In fact, the bull run, which may date back as far as the 13th ...
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Miley Cyrus Named PETA's 'Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity' Of 2015 26.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Miley Cyrus is officially the " Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2015 ," according to PETA. The "We Can't Stop" singer was awarded the accolade because of her " unflinching dedication to animal rights and her decision to go vegan ." She's wholeheartedly committed to a vegan lifestyle and she often shared details of her dairy-free and meat-free diet with fans. A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Apr 27, 2015 at 2:17pm PDT The 22-year-old, who recently wrote a song for her deceased pet fish , is also a serious animal lover. She has a group of rescued dogs, a pet pig, and a kitten (with its very own Instagram account ). The Happy Hippie beat out over 100 stars, including Ariana Grande and Ellie Goulding, for the top spot. She joins a huge list of former celebrity Sexiest Vegetarians, including Olivia Wilde, Carrie Underwood, and 2014 winner Jared Leto . -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, ...
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Now You Can Climb El Capitan From Your Couch, With Google Street View 24.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's the largest granite monolith in the world, and now you can climb it from your couch. On Wednesday, Google launched its first ever vertical Street View collection , allowing armchair adventurers to join pioneering climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell on a 3,000-foot ascent up the legendary El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. "Climbing is all about flirting with the impossible and pushing the boundaries of what you think... can be done," Caldwell wrote in a Google blog post celebrating the achievement . "Capturing Street View imagery 3,000 feet up El Capitan proved to be an extension of that, especially when you take a camera meant for the inside of a restaurant and mount it thousands of feet up the world’s most iconic rock wall." The team used an elaborate system of ropes, cams and climbing gear to secure the camera, mounted on a tripod, onto the side of El Capitan. They then painstakingly shuffled it up the " Nose " and part of the " Dawn Wall ," pausing every so often to take ...
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Are Animals Global Citizens? 22.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Citizenship generally implies certain rights, or at least to be free from arbitrary abuse. A court in the U.S. is now considering an application for habeas corpus regarding two chimps held by a New York University presumably for scientific purposes. However, the issue of whether chimpanzees deserve to be treated as "legal persons" differs from whether animals should be seen as deserving their own rights to exist a "normal life" beyond their utility and/or rights to them asserted by humans. Currently the notion of species preservation appears to be more an extension of human beings' presumed desire and benefits in preserving biodiversity. That human beings have a duty to preserve our environment for future generations or even some higher principle of ethics/morality is generally accepted as a good thing, but do we have an obligation to the animal itself as a fellow global citizen, even if such may be perceived in a substantially more limited form? "Moral Beings" During a recent debate on BBC regarding ...
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Changing a Toxic Environment and Food System: Regeneration or Degeneration? 19.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
We must all become evangelists of Regeneration in order to survive. (Photo: Seedlings via Shutterstock) "If governments won’t solve the climate, hunger, health, and democracy crises, then the people will." - Dr.Vandana Shiva, speaking at the founding meeting of Regeneration International, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica, June 8, 2015 When literally billions of people, the 99 percent, are hungry or struggling to survive with justice and dignity; when the majority of the global body politic are threatened and assaulted by a toxic environment and food system; when hundreds of millions are overwhelmed with chronic health problems; battered by floods, droughts, and weather extremes; when endless wars and land grabs for water, land and strategic resources spiral out of control; When indentured politicians, corporations and the mass media conspire to stamp out the last vestiges of democracy in order to force a “Business-as-Usual” paradigm down our throats, it’s time for a change, Big Change. It’s time to ...
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The Crisis: Regeneration or Degeneration? 18.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Sexual Shenanigans and Pig Shooting in the Military Need to Stop 16.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
According to a new paper published in the International Journal of Comparative Psychology, pigs are extraordinarily complex individuals. Neuroscientist Dr. Lori Marino and Emory University professor Christina M. Colvin reviewed dozens of studies about pigs' sentience and intelligence and concluded that pigs have excellent long-term memories, live in complex social groups, learn from one another, will check themselves out in a mirror, love to play, can use a joystick to move a computer cursor and display empathy. In other words, says Dr. Marino, "[T]his paper shows that pigs share a number of cognitive capacities with other highly intelligent species"--such as dogs, dolphins and chimpanzees, our closest living relatives. "There is now good scientific evidence to suggest we need to rethink our overall relationship to them." Every decisionmaker at the Department of Defense (DOD) who still views pigs as little more than teaching tools to be stabbed and blown apart in crude trauma training exercises should ...
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Pigs Are Highly Social And Really Smart. So, Um, About Eating Them... 16.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pigs like to play. They're smart. They have good long-term memories, and they can be socially manipulative with other pigs. They can tell which people are nice to them and which aren't. They're also able to distinguish between pigs they know and pigs that are strangers. Does all of this sound like it might have implications for bacon lovers? If so, that's no accident. A paper published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Comparative Psychology surveys the existing peer-reviewed scientific literature to round up what we know about pigs' inner lives. Authors Lori Marino, a neuroscientist and founder of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, and Christina M. Colvin, a professor at Emory University, note in their paper that pigs have been found to be mentally and socially similar to dogs and chimpanzees. "What is known suggests that pigs are cognitively complex and share many traits with animals whom we consider intelligent," they write in the paper, titled " Thinking Pigs: A Comparative ...
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Costco, WTF? 10.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I love animals. When I was five years old, I found myself living on a ranch, riding a Donkey named Spike because I was too small for a horse. Eventually, I showed Southdown sheep with 4-H. I even won the San Bernardino County 4-H'er of the Year award. Point being, I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by beautiful animal friends who always soothed me. I was literally a red-headed stepchild and was verbally abused by a beast of a step-father and they were all I had. Cows, sheep, horses, chickens, pigs, cats, dogs... they were my childhood friends. My refuge. And they really did give me strength. Nowadays, I suppose I'm known as a sort of right-winger and I'm not supposed to be all that big on things like animal rights. But I am in fact big on animal rights. Very big. But I am not big on theatrics or stunts. I am big on education, building bridges and big on generally looking after our animal friends. As such, I have aligned myself with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for some time now. ...
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Fix the Soil, Feed the Planet, Save the World: The Power of Regeneration 9.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Doctor Who Instructed Thousands Of U.S. Troops Accused Of Drugging, Abusing Trainees 9.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By John Shiffman WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) - Since retiring from the U.S. Army in 2000, Dr. John Henry Hagmann has helped train thousands of soldiers and medical personnel in how to treat battlefield wounds. His company, Deployment Medicine International, has received more than $10.5 million in business from the federal government. The taxpayer-funded training has long troubled animal rights activists, who contend that Hagmann's use of live, wounded pigs to simulate combat injuries is unnecessarily cruel. But an investigation by Virginia medical authorities alleges that pigs weren't the doctor's only training subjects. During instructional sessions in 2012 and 2013 for military personnel, Hagmann gave trainees drugs and liquor, and directed them to perform macabre medical procedures on one another, according to a report issued by the Virginia Board of Medicine, the state agency that oversees the conduct of doctors. Hagmann, 59, is accused of inappropriately providing at least 10 students with the ...
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